Taught course


University of Nottingham · School of Sociology and Social Policy

Entry requirements

2:2 (or international equivalent) in a relevant arts, humanities or social science discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

This course incorporates sociology, law, psychology, geography, history, and cultural and media studies. It reflects the nature of criminology as a fast-developing, interdisciplinary subject concerned with understanding crime in its local, regional, national and international contexts, and in an increasingly globalised world.

You will cover areas such as:

  • How and why certain kinds of behaviour are defined as crime
  • How societies respond to these and other harmful behaviours
  • How crime is experienced by victims (or survivors) and by society as a whole
  • How crime is represented or misrepresented in the media and popular culture

You will develop skills in a range of research methods and put them into practice through an extended piece of criminological research. Hands-on experience with a local crime or criminal justice organisation is an integral part of your studies, offering you the opportunity to apply and reflect on what you have learned in the classroom.

It has been designed to equip you with key skills in:

  • understanding and assessing criminology theories and concepts
  • evaluating arguments and evidence used to support them
  • developing your own perspectives on a range of issues in criminology
  • conducting methodologically rigorous and ethically sound research
  • communicating your ideas clearly at an advanced level
  • reflecting critically on your own learning and personal development

It offers you the opportunity to study criminology in a social-scientific environment with teaching by experts in criminology, sociology, social work and social and public policy. You will gain practical experience with a local organisation (such as the police or a member agency of a local crime and drugs partnership), working on crime and how to respond to it.

A specialist supervisor will support you in completing your dissertation, and you will be able to choose from a range of optional modules in criminology and related fields.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
18 months
full time
9 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
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